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Issaquah, Washington
United States
Raise The Bar
18C / 64F
Total Time = 2h 09m 15s
Overall Rank = 54/58
Age Group = 20-24
Age Group Rank = 2/2
Pre-race routine:

Use bathroom
Make bed
Wash dishes
Brush teeth
Get dressed
Leave for race course
Event warmup:

  • 15m 24s
  • 400 meters
  • 03m 51s / 100 meters

I was very calm and collected going into this swim. I kept thinking about my fundamentals: breathe, pull, sight, repeat. I had someone swim into me once and it seemed to have been by mistake. I did not stop once throughout the swim! It was fantastic! I would give this swim an A+
What would you do differently?:

According to Garmin, I swam 534m at a 3:05 pace. If this is true, I am very happy with my pace and simply have to improve my navigation/sighting/rounding of buoys.
Transition 1
  • 06m 51s

Wetsuit is incredibly difficult to remove. Took a couple minutes to get over left heel. It was awful.
The rest of it went smoothly.
I forgot my glasses so that made for an interesting ride.
What would you do differently?:

Get tri-glide.
Don't forget glasses
  • 1h 15m 15s
  • 14.8 miles
  • 11.80 mile/hr

Biking is my least favourite portion of a triathlon. The miles expected out of me are ridiculous and it takes too long. I did have fun today though. I found myself being tenacious towards the middle through the end of the ride. Towards the beginning, I would feel sorry for myself every time I had to go up a hill but later on, I was taking those hills. I was taking no prisoners; I was moving despite myself. I am very happy with this change in mindset. Overall, I really enjoyed the bike!

I am incredibly proud of this ride since I developed strong cramps about halfway through. Nonetheless, I persevered.
What would you do differently?:

Clipping in might help with generating more power. I should consider working with a coach to get some instruction so I know what to target to improve since I see gains to be made all over the place.
Transition 2
  • 01m 12s

Since I was not changing my footwear (I rode with sneakers + no clip-in shoes), this was fairly quick. I followed my plan: Put bike away, put helmet away, put shirt with bib on, get glasses, leave.
What would you do differently?:

A race belt would have made my life easier.
  • 29m 18s
  • 3 miles
  • 09m 46s  min/mile

I was consistently concerned about rolling my ankle as the run was completely unpaved. I was gassed going into the run and let my body settle into a pace that felt right for it. I tried to push whenever it felt like there was something in the tank. Towards the end, a lady tried to pass me and I said no to that possibility. This made me push my pace into the 6:50 min/mile range and cross the finish line completely gassed. Made for a fun show. Overall, I enjoyed the run.

I was also battling cramps the entire run and at some point, I remember thinking to myself "I will NOT stop. If I can't run, I'll run slower; if I can't run slower, I'll walk; if I can't walk, I'll crawl; and if that doesn't work, I'll roll. But I WILL NOT not finish this race".
What would you do differently?:

Use more of my glutei when biking so my quads are more fresh for the run.
Post race
Warm down:

None. I was in incredible, indescribable pain from the cramps so I quickly changed into dry clothes and left for home.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of training on the bike
Navigation when swimming
Swimming technique and power

Event comments:

Overall, the race is well run. Coming from a running background, I was surprised to see that there weren't many booths with freebies after the race.

Last updated: 2019-07-06 12:00 AM
00:15:24 | 400 meters | 03m 51s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/2
Overall: 0/58
Performance: Good
Suit: Xterra Fullsuit
Course: Out on to Lake Sammamish, take a right at green buoy (about 100m from shore) and then a right at the next buoy (also about 100 m from shore). Swim to shore.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 20C / 68F Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Bad
Waves: Good Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Below average
Time: 06:51
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Bad Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
01:15:15 | 14.8 miles | 11.80 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/2
Overall: 0/58
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: Rolling hills with one major hill close to the turnaround point. It is an out-and-back
Road: Potholes Dry Cadence: 60
Turns: Average Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Below average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:12
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:29:18 | 03 miles | 09m 46s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/2
Overall: 0/58
Performance: Good
Course: The course consists of 3 out-and-backs into the woods. It is completely unpaved. There was one aid station serving water.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2019-07-06 9:04 PM


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